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Governor submits another appointment to chair the SEC, but the lower chamber rebuffs it

Speaker of the House of Representatives Rafael Hernández Montañez

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia withdrew on Tuesday the appointment of Jorge Rafael Rivera Rueda as chairman of the State Elections Commission (SEC) and instead submitted the appointment of Cynthia Enid Irizarry Casiano, but the House of Representatives did not accept it.

“As we have publicly established in recent days, we are open to dialogue to seriously and responsibly consider the appointment to be made to the chairmanship of the State Elections Commission, which is so important for the stability of our electoral system,” House Speaker Rafael Hernández Montañez said in a written statement.

“We reiterate the call to the Governor to initiate the process of advice and consent, as provided by our current regulations, to reach a consensus around this appointment, as we have achieved on all the occasions that we have sat at the table of dialogue on issues more complex than this,” Hernández Montañez added.

“We will defend, as we have done throughout the four-year term, this institution that shines so much when it protects Puerto Rican democracy, and we will enforce the mandate of the voters who elected the most diverse Legislative Assembly in our history, which resulted in this shared government,” the House speaker said.

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